Franco Spain and European Defense

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Shift in United States Policy Toward Spain

Washington is expected to make “concrete proposals” to the Spanish government early in 1952 on United States use of air and naval bases in Spain, A special American military mission has completed preliminary surveys in Spain and the Defense Department is working out final recommendations.1 Few details on the forthcoming negotiations with Madrid are available, but it is generally believed that any future arrangements will be based on the principle of mutual aid. In return for the use of bases Spain expects to obtain modern equipment for its armed forces and support for the Spanish economy. Congress already has appropriated $100 million for economic, technical, and military aid to Spain—for use when and as the President sees fit.

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